As I am travelling more and more with my training work I am not in a position to run a regular class in Scotland these days.
This workshop is now mobile 😉 and could pop up anywhere in the world.
It is primarily a hand drumming class, although we will usually do some stick/hand work and singing too.
We will look at hand techniques for the drums ( I use a mix of Conga, Kpanlogo, Ashiko or whatever is available in the country I am visiting!) and we will work on arrangements inspired by my learning from different cultures including the African and Latin Diasporas.
The more I study and play the more I realise what I don’t know.
I’m not nor will I ever be of these cultures and no matter how much I study these rhythms I will never appreciate them from the perspective of living within that culture, and so, with a respectful nod to all of my teachers, I am moving away from full culturally specific teaching.
If you wish to dive deep into the study of a particular culture, I suggest you visit that place and stay a while. No substitute for the real thing.
My aim is to create a space in which group connection is the primary focus and where melody exists within the playing due to the different drum and percussion sounds available.
Connecting the players through connecting the parts.
Platforms for Improvisation.
Connection through music is our shared goal.
The workshop is aimed at beginner/intermediate level but I am happy to welcome more experienced players who like to sit and support others in their development.
I look forward to playing with you soon.
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